" The most beautiful and most profound emotion we can experience is the sensation of the mystical. It is the sower of true science. He to whom this emotion is a stranger, who can no longer wonder and stand rapt in awe, is as good as dead. "
- Albert Einstein
So what is mysticism ?
It is hard to offer a succinct definition but it is about coming to a realization of ones self and ones place in the universe. Through a study of mysticism one comes to realize that there is more to life and the universe than what we can gain through material experience. Thus science and mysticism are complementary. Both seek to to gain knowledge but in different ways, the scientific method is outwardly and exoteric, the mystical way is inward and esoteric.
Mysticism is not about religion that is about faith and worship, so a mystic need not be religious, but many are, however, all mystics have a realization of a universal force or energy which could be called God.
So what experience did Einstein have ? Well I am not he but I am sure it would be something like we all experience when we witness a beautiful sunrise, the birth of a child, or the opening of a flower, only more so. It is a wonderful feeling of "connectedness" and a sense of wonder often leading to a surge of energy, and inspiration.
Mysticism is not like the "Mystic Meg" media stuff, it is deeper than that, in fact totally different, true mysticism is about experience through attunement, meditation and contemplation, and as Einstein said, it is the sower of discovery, whether we know it or not.
I am both a scientist and a mystic and the mysticism I follow is with the Rosicrucian Order AMORC which is very western and in many ways scientific. I recommend the mystic path, and to skeptics I say, many great scientists, writers, and thinkers have trod the path and been richer for it, they cannot all be wrong !
Look forward not with fear,
Look back not with anger,
Look around not with envy,
Look down not with ego,
Look up not with doubt,
Look from within with awareness.